The Nigerian Air Force conducted airstrikes on areas inhabited by the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Anambra and Imo State which it said achieved the intended outcomes and was effective.
Speaking in a statement on Wednesday made available by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Edward Gabkwet stated that the aircraft under the Air Component of Operation UDO KA II commenced the operation at Mother Valley Orsumughu in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State and at Aku Ihube in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State to disable the acts of the IPOB/ESN operatives who were carrying out “destructive acts and killing sprees on innocent and law-abiding Nigerians.”
The statement read, “Acting on credible intelligence that IPOB/ESN terrorists had perfected plans to disrupt civic activities lined up in the coming days in Anambra State and other States in Southeast Nigeria from their concealed bunkers/hideouts at Mother Valley Orsumughu, air strikes were authorized in conjunction with ground troops and other security agencies on the location believed to also house some of their weapons and ammunitions. The strikes hit the target and were deemed successful following the ball of fire, fleeing terrorists at the location as well as feedback received.
“Air strikes were also conducted, same day, in close coordination with surface forces at IPOB/ESN hideout camps in Aku Ihube In Imo State after a detailed analysis of intelligence on the terrorists converging for a likely rendezvous at their hideout. Consequently, air strikes were also authorized to strike the hideout. The targets were acquired and attacked in succession, with a high degree of success.
“Efforts by the NAF and other security agencies at ensuring all Nigerians, irrespective of where they reside, are safe and free to conduct their activities without fear or being threatened will continue. While the determination of the security agencies is unwavering, the support of all Nigerians to the security agencies remains critical to defeating these criminal elements whose only intent is to sow fear and division among the citizenry.”